The three teams are joined by Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados in taking the final qualification spots for this summer’s Commonwealth Games: England, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Africa and Malawi qualified back at the end of October

Last Updated: 04/03/22 1:40pm

    Scotland are one of the teams to have secured qualification to the Commonwealth Games

    Scotland are one of the teams to have secured qualification to the Commonwealth Games

    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’s netball teams will all compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after securing three of the final six qualification spots.

    Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados are the other three teams to take final qualifying spots and join England, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Africa and Malawi this summer.

    The 12-team netball competition will take place at the NEC Arena from July 29 to August 7, with hosts England as the defending champions after their triumph on the Gold Coast in 2018.

    Commonwealth Games 2022 – Groups

    Group AGroup B
    AustraliaNew Zealand
    JamaicaEngland
    South AfricaMalawi
    ScotlandUganda
    WalesTrinidad and Tobago
    BarbadosNorthern Ireland

    “Congratulations to the final six Commonwealth Games Associations on securing their place at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Liz Nicholl CBE, World Netball’s president said.

    “The Commonwealth Games is always a highlight in the netball calendar for the players, officials and netball family, and with this exciting line-up I am sure Birmingham will live up to that expectation.”

    The final six qualifying teams secured their places courtesy of their World Netball World Rankings. The qualification deadline was January 21 and at that point, the Commonwealth Games Associations ranked seventh to 12th secured qualification.

    Although Barbados finished in 13th, they take the place of 12th-ranked Zimbabwe, as Zimbabwe are not a Member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

    Northern Ireland finished the last Commonwealth Games in eighth, Scotland ninth and Wales 11th on the Gold Coast in 2018.

    The Commonwealth Games schedule (Image: Birmingham 2022)

    The Commonwealth Games schedule (Image: Birmingham 2022)

    Team England to open schedule in Birmingham

    Team England will be first on court at the NEC Arena in Birmingham and open their title defence on July 29.

    The Vitality Roses will face an action-packed schedule as they bid to win back-to-back titles for the first time in their history.

    Commonwealth Games – England’s Group A fixtures

    Friday, July 29England vs Trinidad and Tobago
    Saturday, July 30England vs Malawi
    Monday, August 1England vs Northern Ireland
    Tuesday, August 2England vs Uganda
    Thursday, August 4England vs New Zealand

    The Roses’ first match will be against Trinidad and Tobago. Then, they will take on the Malawi Queens on July 30, before partaking in successive contests on August 1 and 2 against Northern Ireland and Uganda.

    The outfit’s final group match will be a showdown against the reigning world champions, New Zealand on August 4.

    Demand high for tickets

    Netball’s ever-increasing popularity in England, seen through the growth of the Vitality Netball Superleague and interest in the Vitality Roses, has been further underlined by a great demand for tickets.

    “It’s fantastic that we now know the final line-up of netball teams for Birmingham 2022,” Matt Kidson, director of sport for Birmingham 2022 said.

    “Netball tickets for the Games have already been selling very well, with tickets for 10 sessions, including the medal matches, semi-finals and all of the England matches currently unavailable.

    “Now that we can complete the match schedule, I’m sure the remaining tickets will prove to be very popular.”